I am using a new Toshiba Satellite S55 laptop with 64-bit Windows 7 Pro.
Recently I installed Adobe Audition 3. Yes, it's an old program, but it does just what I need to do, and I'm very comfortable with its features and controls. It records fine with a USB microphone plugged directly into the computer, but will not record any computer audio, off the Internet.
For the record: we are NOT talking about illegal recording of copyrighted material. We're talking about material such as seminars and live audio feeds that have been O.K.'d for direct recording. (And, for the record, I am a licensee of ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and Sound Exchange.)
The computer came with Conexant Smart Audio HD. (Is that the Sound Card or something else?)
The Playback tab in the Sound Folder lists Speakers Conexant Smart Audio HD as the default device.. The Recording tab lists Microphone Conexant Smart Audio HD as the default device.
I have determined that this refers to the computer's built-in microphone.
After doing a LOT of research to try to resolve this problem, I downloaded and installed the latest version of the Conextant drivers from the support section of Toshiba's website (May of 2014). This did not change anything.
I tried the same with Realtek and ASIO4All and they did not change anything either.
A lot of the forum postings regarding this problem showed many trial-and-error attempts to fix it on various computers, most of which were laptops of various brands. Some worked, some did not, and what put Stereo Mix on one machine did not install it on others.
Last night, I downloaded the free trial of Audio Record Wizard. It installed quickly and easily and I was able to record off the Net as well as from the USB microphone without any problem. The solution?
Well, unless the pros on Expert-Exchange have a way to get Stereo Mix installed and working, it will be. As you may surmise, I would much prefer to do the recording, editing, tweaking, and fine-tuning all in the same audio editing program, rather than having to record a part or parts of it in one program, save them, and then open them in another program to complete the work.
I would like to ask that anyone who chooses to give me a hand have some hands-on experience and familiarity with Stereo Mix and audio in computers. Directing me to a web page that "seems" to have information or a solution won't help. Been there, done that. This looks like a real challenge to me.
Thanks for your time and attention in reading this necessarily long explanation.